Date of Award

January 2014

Degree Type

Closed Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Theatre

First Advisor

Young Smith

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Second Advisor

Julie Hensley

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Third Advisor

R. Dean Johnson

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre


This manuscript was my attempt to create a collection of poetry that could potentially be published as a book. I wrote and revised poetry in accordance with lessons learned from several of the authors I studied at Eastern Kentucky University. Workshop courses offered valuable feedback from classmates and professors alike that strengthened my poems as they were in development. I sequenced the collection in a way that I thought would give readers a glimpse into my life from several directions. Many of the poems are autobiographical and I forged a better understanding of some of the events in my life by writing about them. In addition to the editing advice given through my workshop and individual interactions with others, I was provided with multiple perspectives on formatting and arranging this collection from the works I studied. It is my goal to get the better part of this thesis project published as a book of poetry in the future.